No one likes being a broke college student, but thankfully there are ways other than selling Adderall to put some cash in your pocket.
Work-study jobs are a great way to earn yourself some extra cash without even leaving your campus. Not everyone is eligible for work-study, but if you speak to someone in administration they should be able to tell you how to find out.
Throw A Party
It might not be the best way to make money, but it is certainly the easiest. If you have an off-campus apartment (and are over the age of 21), throwing a house party and charging $5 a head might be a great way to earn a little extra cash. Even only 50 people over the course of the night will bring in a cool $250.
Get An Off-Campus Job
Restaurants, stores, boutiques, coffee houses, or even babysitting. Put some job applications out there and see what you can find for yourself. Be sure to get a job that is flexible with your work schedule, with a boss that understands the demands of a college student. Try part time gigs on the web doing something you enjoy; freelance writing, part-time paid Internships for websites, Craigslist, Backpage.com – opportunities are out there.
If you’re a musician who is competent enough in your instrument to give lessons, being a part-time music teacher can help you earn some extra cash and will actually teach you even more about your craft. You can advertise on Craigslist, put up flyers, or get your name around through referrals. Chances are, there is someone out there willing to pay for your musical services – maybe right on campus.
Cash for Clothes
Have some shirts you haven’t worn since middle school? Hoodies and sweatshirts lying around that haven’t been worn since the 10th grade? Sell it! There are places that buy gently used clothing which then get sold. Get together clothes you don’t wear and make some cash! If they can’t sell you’ll still feel good about yourself bydonating them to people in need.
Employers usually aren’t too crazy about paying a college student to do a job they haven’t earned the degree yet to do, but if you look hard enough, you just might find an internship in your desired field. Keep in mind, internships do not pay well for the amount of work you are typically asked to do, but the connections are priceless.